Monday, January 23, 2012

World Economic Forum to Dangle Carrots

The nonprofit World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland attracts a surprisingly profitable crowd. More than 1,000 CEO's will attend.  Davos ranks with the Clinton Global Initiative as a popular CEO destination.   Davos led the way with financial engineering, giving private equity underwriters major play the last decade.  What's up for 2012?  Check out the public agenda:

Note the "recently savaged for his Libya work" Michael Porter will present.

Other topics include:

Global Risk 2012: The Seeds of Dystopia
Risks in the Global Supply Chain
Risks in a Hyperconnected World
Averting a Lost Generation
What if Iran Develops a Nuclear Weapon?
Fixing Capitalism
What if All Known Antibiotics Lost Their Effectiveness?
Remodeling Capitalism
What if a Major Biological System Collapses?
CNBC Debate: The Global Agenda 2012

There are numerous sessions on the Arab Spring and Africa's rising.  Also, two special addresses are listed.  It's not clear who will occupy that time.

Might it be a private equity underwriter (PEU) recently interviewed on Fareed Zarakia's GPS?  Could a Presidential PEU make the stage, given Bain Capital is WEF strategic partner?  It wouldn't be Rubenstein first trip to Davos.  Might it be Romney's?